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It's been one scandal after another this year at City Hall. The allegations of campaign finance irregularities involving Council Chairman Kwame Brown, the $300,000 dollars of city funds allegedly misspent by Council member Harry Thomas, and other controversies as well.

City lawmakers have promised to restore City Hall's reputation by reforming the District government's ethics and campaign finance laws.

But settling on the best way to do that will not be easy. At least three different council members are planning to introduce their own measure, each with a different take on how to clean up government.

While the multiple bills may demonstrate the Council's commitment to reform, they could also complicate the ability to get something passed quickly because the competing measures could end up in a committee where a fourth council member will be in charge of sorting out the differences.

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